Tears flowed freely at the weekend, as the remains of a police sergeant, Felix Igbasan, were buried in Ode-Aye Town in Okitipupa Local Council of Ondo State. He died after sustaining severe bullet wounds during an exchange of gunfire with a notorious gang of armed robbers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Igbasan, who was confirmed dead a few days after he was admitted into Maitama General Hospital in Abuja, is survived by his wife, three children, siblings and an aged mother.
The late cop was described by his colleagues as a gallant police officer, who took part in several high-risk operations within the country, including arrest of notorious armed robbers and kidnapers across the country.
Three AK47 rifles and the gang’s operational vehicle were also recovered from them.
Igbasan had won several awards, including the Inspector General of Police Award of Courage and the Lagos State Governor’s Award for Excellence, while attached to Lagos State Police Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). He was instrumental to the arrest of the notorious armed robbery kingpin, Abiodun Ogunjobi, aka Godogodo, who terrorized the entire south western part of the country, killing over 50 policemen in his 15-year reign of terror.
Police authorities disclosed that Igbasan was transferred to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for his doggedness and gallantry in service. The team is made up of elite plain-clothed operatives trained specially to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and sundry crimes across the country.
Igbasan and his colleagues had engaged a gang of armed robbers terrorising Abuja, Kogi, Kano, Benue and Kaduna states.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the IRT to trail and apprehend the gang after they robbed the home of a senior officer of the nation.
The IRT operatives trailed the gang to their hideout in Lugbe area of Abuja but Igbasan wasn’t lucky as he sustained bullets wounds when an exchange of gunfire ensued between the police and the gang.
While addressing members of Igbasan’s family at his burial ceremony, the officer-in-charge of the IRT, Abba Kyari, a Chief Superintendent of Police disclosed that Igbasan’s death was a great loss to the Nigeria Police Force.
Kyari also disclosed that the IGP had also given Igbesan a post-mortem promotion to the rank of an Inspector of Police following his dedication and service to the Nigeria Police Force.